Senryu poetry, Least we forget

I watched a documentry on TV about the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during world war two. I had viewed previous accounts, but nothing like this. Naked women and children herded into gas chambers, husbands forced to watch their families horrible death. It filled me with fury and a need to write about it...Least we forget......


Bitter resentment

Profound hatred embedded

Extermination

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Concentration camps

Families eliminated

Annihilation

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Butchery slaughter

Unmitigated torture

Unfathomable

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Watchful vigilance

Must never be repeated

Dictators dethroned

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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Oh my God ! In a few words you have just painted one of blackest events in History. Great wisdom in your words. May the world never be touched by such evil. May peace reign! Shalom!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

oh, the Diary of Anne Frank says it all...i am always moved by the stories behind WWII...this is a great reminder for all of us to be humane as much as possible...I downloaded the video so my students can watch it...


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Unfortunately we do forget. Like the picture I posted on a hub: Steve Jobs: ONE person dies, millions morn. Millions of people die, No One morns." (picture of millions of children starving.) Great poem. May people suddenly 'remember' and take note.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

I lift up my eyes onto the hills from whence cometh my strength.

Bless.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Indeed unfathomable, Ruby :(

Your senrye's are clear pictures of the horror.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Oh Ruby, this is so emotional, I can't even watch that video...it's too much for me.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

I shivered when I read this and seeing the photos too is so upsetting. I never ever knew this happened.

I will watch the video at another time because I know I will cry. A while ago, they were attacking people in Africa (Ethnic Cleansing) and someone posted a photo of a naked pregnant woman halfburnt and dead online. Ruby, I cried for about half an hour.

It's good you posted this. We should not forget but I hope those horrible people were brought to justice.

Well done on writing this. Those little Angels suffered but are at peace now.

Regards Elena. x


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am so glad you wrote this and put this all together. I heard different groups of people trying to say it never really happened. but we all know the truth. yes It is best we remember.

BRAVO FOR WRITING THIS.

DEBBIE


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have watched true accounts of Nazi's brutalities against Jewish people during the WW II. It is sad thing that man can inflict such horror upon his own kind.

Your composition captures the horrors of concentration camp.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Always Exploring, I hated seeing the pictures. Growing up in England I had to watch many movies about WW11.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hitler was indeed a monster and the world must never forget what happened to so many innocent Jewish people in those concentration camps during World War II. You summed it all up in the 12 lines of your poetry, Ruby.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

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I do not usually lump my response to all of your comments, but I would only be repeating. We are all appalled at the horror inflicted against these people. When i watched it on TV I was in tears. I had never seen this particular film before. There are still many who are suffering all over the world. Dictators who order wide-spread massacre against innocent people, using the term ethnic cleansing. I hope and pray that this will stop and never return. Thank you all for coming to read and leaving heartfelt comments.....

I almost deleted this last night. I watched the video and thought it was too cruel, then, when i wrote it, I had such a drive to put it out there..Hopefully it will open eyes..There must be a reason why i had to write it...God Bless you all..


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Every time an atrocity like that happens we scream that it must never happen again. One of the most poignant things I ever read is by Martin Niemöller. "Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out --

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."

We must all speak out at all times like you just did alwaysexploring.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Ruby this was one of the saddest days in mankind history. I wept when I watched the video. Man's inhumanity to man, unbelievable.It sickens me see the crimes committed against the Jews and for it to be continuing to this day in other nations. Dictators should not be given this power to authorize mass killings.

It's against every rule of man. The Jews did not deserve to be cleansed as was Hitler's sick plan to eliminate every Jew in Europe. The German race will never ever be able to forget or truly be forgiven for this madman's rule over their people and consequently ordering all the butchering of innocent humans.

We will never forget what he ordered and had carried out to the Jewish nation. May he be paying the ultimate pain and infliction and rotting in Hell along with every German who took part in these atrocities.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I have a few word for you. Simple, excellent and good job. Rated up and have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Powerful words and images of horror, Ruby.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Hyphen, When people stop remembering the atrocities committed , it has a way of returning, maybe in a different land or a new lie invented to cover the deceit. Thank you for words of profound wisdom...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vincent, What baffles me the most about this horrible time, Did the German people know about it, or were they unaware, how could such a mass undertaking not be visible to someone other than the Nazis. Many questions remain..Thank's for your input...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Prasetio, Happy to see you my friend..Thank you for coming by...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gerry, Yes, horror indeed. It was not difficult to find the words for this. They erupted..Thank you for coming to read my friend...


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Wars are brutal and will always be the worst things a MAN did in his lifetime.

Thanks for reminding us about our history and I hope and pray we learn from our mistakes....Amen


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Amen Ruchira, May God grant your wish and mine..Thank you Dear friend...


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Always. I cannot add to your exposé.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Powerful words Ruby, very well done.

Best wishes Lesley


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mck, I understand. Thank you for coming by...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lesley,Thank you for the well done comment. Best Wishes...


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

AE, POWERFUL AND EMOTIONAL. Everytime I think about this terrible event, it makes me so mad. How could you do someone like that? I would give anything for 5 minutes with Hitler so I could kick his ***. It is just wrong and what these people had to go through, so so awful. You are a great poet Ruby. Your poem hits home. I just can't understand what drives a person to do such things. Mass murders, life lost, pointless.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, I don't like to think about that horrible time in our history, watching the documentry made me so sad. I just needed to express my thoughts, poetry is my way of releasing tension..Thank you for wise remarks..Cheers..


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hitler had a long death list. The Jews were first and foremost on his infamous list that led to the genocide of six million Jews in the Holocaust. Adding in Hitler’s genocide of other groups and victims of the Holocaust would include the Soviet POW’s and citizens, Poles, (Serbs), gypsies, gays, the mentally handicapped and infirmed. Adding in political dissidents the list goes on to total over 13 million people that Hitler murdered. Between 50-60 million people died in World War II – all because of this insane monster.

The Holocaust should never be forgotten. If only to remind ourselves that members of the SS who committed the majority of the atrocities were human beings as well. That one human being could this to another, let alone a defenseless child, is shattering.

Your hub is timely, and superbly done, Ruby.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Genna, What a mad man Hitler was. The people who followed him must have hated as much as he did. Ethnic cleansing is going on today. We must never let anything like this ever happen again. It is easy to look away. Thank you for coming.Your comment touches me....


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

That's so awful.. Gush!.. It is palpable..

Dreadful... I just don't know how this make me feel.. It is so depressing and sad..


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

This reminds me of the video shown in the movie Judgement at Nuremberg. Very difficult to watch, but necessary.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Capedium, I have been thinking about deleting the video. I feel the same as you do. It makes me too sad. Thank you for coming....


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Flora, I can't imagine it, but i have never seen that movie. When i saw this documentary on TV, I was moved to tears. I knew about the horror but didn't want to remember, but people forget. It could happen again in another part of the world. Thank you for commenting...

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


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